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 By Clare Voyant    Opinion    March 30, 2022

RTD unveils new eco-friendly transit system

With gas prices trending higher and expected to stay that way, the financially-troubled Regional Tribulation District (RTD) announced last week that it will eliminate bus routes between Longmont and...

 

Anarchy erupts in Niwot neighborhood

A group of extremists concerned about onerous parking regulations in Boulder County briefly seized a residential block in the Morton Heights neighborhood last week. Calling themselves FREE CAR Niwot,...

 
 By Warren Piece    Opinion    March 30, 2022

Rockin' Rails to feature rap and hip-hop

Organizers of the popular Rockin' Rails concert series announced that the new lineup will feature rap and hip-hop artists this summer. "The Sooper Bowl half-time show was so popular that we decided...

 

Whistle Stop Park may live up to historic name

Do you like Rock & Rails? Have you ever ridden the Winter Park Ski Train? A summer version of that train may be coming to Niwot on Thursday evenings for our town's summer concert series. The word...

 

Infrastructure law doling out money to pave subdivisions

Boulder County is at long last getting funds to pave orphaned subdivision roads. Money from the federal infrastructure law is being filtered through the county and distributed to individuals so they...

 
 By Warren Piece    Opinion    March 30, 2022

GUNI Trail established

Residents of Niwot and Gunbarrel, long overlooked by the powers that be in Longmont and Boulder, have begun to do something about it. The LOBO Trail, which reputedly runs from Longmont to Boulder and...

 

March book review: A Sea Change

Special thanks to the Inkberry Bookshop for recommending A Sea Change by local author Will Barnett. Something of note, Barnett wrote the novela as his high school senior project, and it was written,...

 

Letter to the Editor

It is with profound sadness and an incredibly heavy heart that I share with you the news that Cinder has crossed the rainbow bridge. Cinder was not my dog but was adopted on Jan. 16 and lost by his...

 

Inspirational reads for Women's History month

March is Women's History Month. March is when women of all races, economic standings, religions, and sexual and gender orientations are celebrated for their hardships and victories in promoting...

 

February book review - 'Food, Festival and Religion'

Partnering with Inkberry Books for these monthly reviews is always a pleasure, because I'm exposed to authors and topics I wouldn't usually choose for myself. This was certainly the case with... Full story

 

There's nothing like a good Plan B

^%$# happens. We all know it, and a good Plan B is the best defense. Say your child wants to have an outdoor swim birthday party – in July. You’d still better have a back up plan, because while it won’t snow in the Front Range, you must conside...

 

January book review: 'Shifting Forward'

When Inkberry Books gave me a copy of Carrie Jane Knowles' new book, I knew I was in for a treat, but I didn't know that I was also in for a surprise. Her upcoming book "Shifting Forward," which will...

 

It's A Laughing Matter

We live in an age of instant communication. Need to talk to a friend halfway around the world? Between instant messaging, texting and twittering no problemo. But for those of us who live in a small...

 

Put your ^&#%@*! glasses on

ATTENTION FARSIGHTED PEOPLE OF AMERICA – Wear Your $%!&*^% Glasses. Who do you think you're fooling? No one. And you are doing nothing but aggravating all the people who either can see or who...

 

Letter to the Editor (Dec. 1)

The importance of small community papers I recently viewed an excellent PBS documentary about the Storm Lake Times in Storm Lake, Iowa. One in four local newspapers have been shuttered in this country, many bought up by big national corporations. I... Full story

 

When life gives you apples ... be grateful and make some apple pie

My next-door neighbor's apple tree has an abundance of apples this year. This little apple tree is dwarfed by the gargantuan silver maple on the edge of my property. The two trees somehow also share...

 

It's A Laughing Matter

Kids stink. Oh sure, they smell great when they first come out of the bath, but you have to remember why you put them in there in the first place. The problem is that just as the adult olfactory gets used to, or in our case gets burnt out in one...

 

Letter to the Editor (Oct. 27)

To the editor: Thank you for the article about the city of Boulder LDAC. I agree that the residents of unincorporated Boulder County should financially support the public libraries they use. For the thirty years we have lived in Niwot we have...

 

Letter to the Editor (Sep. 1)

To the editor: During our first visit to NIWOT my 82-year-old husband took a walk to the local market, sat down with a cup of coffee and worked on his Sudoku. Beside him was a group of young teens all eager to talk about school. Suddenly it went... Full story

 

It's a laughing matter

I am not a princess. Really - despite any rumors you’ve heard to the contrary. My problem is that I’m just not a handy person. I don’t sew, decoupage, scrapbook, paint, refurbish or generally do crafts. Oh sure, when I was little, during the ho...

 
 By Hannah Stewart    Opinion    July 7, 2021

Midsummer book review: The Other Room

If you're looking for a quick easy read, this book isn't exactly it. It's certainly quick and thriller-like, but it's so emotional, it's not quite that easy to read. Regardless, I'm very excited to...

 

Stop expanding the Urban Heat Island effect in Boulder

The Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect arises when natural environments are replaced with artificial surfaces such as concrete and buildings, which absorb solar radiation differently. When nature is built on, the benefits of natural evaporative cooling...

 
 By Ben Berman    Opinion    March 17, 2021

Opinion: CU community must face a reckoning from Hill riot

On Saturday, March 6, Boulder saw its first crack of warm weather for the season. As the sunny weekend day progressed, thousands of my peers from the University of Colorado flocked to the Hill neighborhood for an impromptu party. By the time the sun...

 

Letter to the Editor (Feb. 24)

To the editor: What can you do about air pollution and the spread of COVID? Many people believe that since wood smoke is a natural substance, it is not harmful. However, smoke from wood stoves and fireplaces is a major part of today's air pollution...

 

A gift to loved ones

Your digital legacy is the electronic data that is left behind when we die. In today’s technologically immersed world, it is more important than ever to think about your digital legacy as part of estate planning. This contemporary topic raises two...

 

Letter to the Editor (Nov. 25)

Dear Editor: This note is being sent with heartfelt thanks to this thoughtful and giving Niwot community. Recently our hotel provided housing to several firefighter and incident command crews that were working on the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon...

 

My experience and advice on overcoming COVID-19

Much to my surprise, I tested positive for COVID-19 in October. We all know of the highly contagious nature of the virus and unfortunately, I must have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Yes, I am a 20-year-old college student attending CU Bo...

 

Letter to the Editor (Nov. 11)

As the fires burn on we are faced with the reality of our world today. As we have felt the smoke collecting in our lungs, irritated eyes, difficulty to breath, and the inability to leave our houses, there is nobody that can say they haven’t... Full story

 

Letter to the Editor (Nov. 4)

Small towns like Niwot are an endangered species throughout the US. For a small town to survive or even thrive, is heroic. What makes Niwot different? Our Voice, which speaks to us weekly, is a large factor behind Niwot's success. Our Voice reminds...

 

Letter to the Editor (Oct. 28)

The CalWood and the Lefthand Canyon Fires have impacted our community. I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to those who have lost their homes and have been evacuated. I also want to thank our first responders who have stepped up to keep us... Full story

 

What happened to the 8 p.m. howl?

Dear Editor, Every day in the spring, I looked forward to the 8 p.m. howl. Along with so many other people across the US, I’d walk outside at 8 p.m. and join in with neighbors’ exuberant howling. It was cathartic, and it became a routine. The...

 

Because of Covid-19

Because of Covid-19, I laugh more easily, more loudly and longer than ever before. Because of Covid-19, I weep more easily, more often and longer than ever before. I seclude myself and hunger for...

 

Letter to the Editor (Aug. 5)

To the editor: "Do you have your mask?" A phrase that, in the past, may have only been spoken to a costume-clad child dashing out the door, eager to begin his candy hunt. Or perhaps Bonnie may have...

 
 By Kate Missett    Opinion    July 29, 2020

Running for Office

I'm a very political animal. The first thing I remember watching on TV was the 1952 Republican Convention, when I was three. My parents had just bought a new-fangled television set and anything and...

 
 By Kate Missett    Opinion    July 22, 2020

A most magical occurrence

In May, a most magical occurrence was in the cards for me, but I had no way to see it coming. When I moved to Colorado, I lost the phone service I used to have in Wyoming and I'd been trying like...

 

The 'Move Over' law just added a little more to it

On Nov. 26, 2016 my friend Trooper Cody Donahue was killed by a truck that failed to move over while he was investigating a crash. This is a story we hear all too often. Prior to that crash, there...

 

Letter to the Editor (July 15)

Greetings from Italy, Thank you for taking the time and sending tasty sweets to our Soldiers in Italy; they enjoyed the homemade cookies. I attached a picture of the MPs getting ready to work the...

 
 By Kate Missett    Opinion    July 15, 2020

Free shipping

You’ve all seen the commercials that say, “Free Shipping.” Well, I’m here to tell you that there is no such thing. You pay for it, it’s just hidden in the cost of the items you are buying....

 
 By Kate Missett    Opinion    July 8, 2020

Love in the time of Covid-19

As the saying goes, I met somebody, last September. We hit it off, in a big way. Eventually, we decided that we were serious enough about each other to get married. So, I sold my house in Cheyenne,...

 
 By Kate Missett    Opinion    July 1, 2020

Keep Niwot beautiful

I moved to Niwot from Wyoming in early April, just as things were beginning to green up here. After having spent the previous seven plus years in Cheyenne, I needed to touch up on my knowledge of cert...

 
 By Courier Staff    Opinion    July 1, 2020

Thank you from the Left Hand Valley Courier

We at the Left Hand Valley Courier would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Boulder County Commissioners for the Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund Grant we received last month. In April, the spread of the pandemic and subsequent "stay...

 

Letter to the Editor (July 1)

Niwot Neighbors, I'm Ellise Stager. I just finished a Food Drive for the Community Food Share, and as a community, we collected over 2,800 pounds of food! Thank you all for your generosity and... Full story

 

Letter to the Editor (June 3)

We moved to Niwot in February 2018 and have been so grateful for the community here, especially during this time of isolation and uncertainty. Our neighbors and the Niwot Market have been lifelines...

 

Letter to the Editor (May 20)

To the editor: Three years after the flood in 2013 state and local governments spent money to understand how monolingual Spanish speaking residents of Boulder County were impacted and which barriers to accessing resources existed. Four years and now...

 

A Thank You To Niwot

As I was at home dealing with all of the aspects of the Covid19 experience, I was contacted by so many people from our community. Everyone was so kind and thoughtful. I want to thank the community for all of their support and true kindness they have... Full story

 

Letter to the Editor (April 8)

To the Editor: First of all, many thanks to the Courier for 23 years of community reporting. We will miss the print edition, and urge everyone to subscribe to the online edition to keep this publication going! In response to the March 18th letter to...

 

Wooden Clogs and Bike Cogs: Obituary of a bike commuter

In the sixth grade, my social studies teacher had our class do a report and presentation on a European country. My partner and I chose Denmark. I don't remember much about the report, which I'm sure was excellent or blatantly counterfactual, but I...

 

It's a laughing matter

It's been a long time since my friend Sadie and I have connected. When I was writing this column on a regular basis, Sadie and I would often talk about kids, husbands, work, and dealing with the ups...

 

Letter to the Editor (Feb. 19)

Dear Editor I read the article called "Mwebaza Club at NHS Raises Money for Ugandan Boy" and was truly moved by Peter's situation. We are so fortunate in this country to have the educational opportunity that we do and to have such wonderful and...

 

Letters to the Editor (Feb. 12)

Dear Editor, The “Niwot Incorporation Committee” has presented the results of an investigation into the feasibility of incorporating the town of Niwot on their website at niwotstudy.com. In reviewing the information presented on that website, it...

 

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